April 2020

The Need for a Serious Illness Digital Ecosystem (SIDE) to Improve Outcomes for Patients Receiving Palliative and Hospice Care

April 09, 2020

Evidence-Based Oncology

Palliative and hospice care services produce well-known benefits for patients living with serious illness and for their families. Benefits include improved quality of life and reduced symptom burden, spiritual and emotional distress, and caregiver distress.

Why Palliative Care Is the Answer to the Serious Illness Question in Payment Reform

April 09, 2020

Evidence-Based Oncology

Whether it is through enlisting primary providers, building a champion workforce, or hiring more specialist consultants, there is no question that palliative programming must be at the heart of our healthcare system’s quality transformation.

Lack of Clarity on Medicare Advantage Palliative, Other Cancer Care Benefits Limits Consumer Uptake

April 11, 2020

Evidence-Based Oncology

Benefits newly available under Medicare Advantage are not well-known to consumers and uptake has been limited. At the same time, CMS has propsed funding the hospice benefit differently, which would allow MA plans to “carve in” to this benefit, creating additional uncertainty.

In Florida, Serving the Senior Population in Oncology Means Working Together

April 11, 2020

Evidence-Based Oncology

“Quest for Value: Advancing Oncology Value-based Care,” this year’s first installment in the Institute for Value-Based Medicine (IVBM) from The American Journal of Managed Care®, zeroed in seniors, a population that’s growing not just in Florida but across the United States. Older Americans are more likely to develop cancer, but thanks to better detection and treatment, they are more likely to survive cancer, too.

BOOK REVIEW: One Oncologist's Journey With a Patient to the Outcome We All Face

April 12, 2020

Evidence-Based Oncology

Editor's Note: A book by Kashyap Patel, MD, reviewed in the April issue of Evidence-Based Oncology™, was previously titled, Dying Without Fear. Due to a change by the publisher, Penguin Random House India, the book is now titled Between Life and Death: From Despair to Hope. The book is available August 1, 2020 This review has been updated to reflect the change in the book's title.